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Tonight’s recommendations for the best in New York City comedy (in chronological order, with top picks noted and shows over $10 marked with $) include:
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 6:00 pm: Cammi Climaco (co-host of Ask Me Stories) is tonight’s guest at this weekly open-mic storytelling show, with each performer given a whopping eight minutes to captivate & impress, at UCB East hosted by John Flynn: Oh, Hey Guys!
[TOP PICK] 6:00 pm ($5): Popular UCBT star & Chris Gethard Show icon Vacation Jason tonight performs his own show, Vacation Jason’s Island Flavors at 7:00. And preceding it on this triple-bill are two productions I know nothing about—Apocalypse in Connecticut and Altar’d—all auditioning for a spot on the schedule of the prestigious UCB Chelsea stage. At $1.66 per show, it’s hard to go wrong with Spank
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm show ($10—which includes free slices of homemade ice cream cakes!): Storytellers Giulia Rozzi (Jimmy Kimmel, MTV, VH1, Playgirl Magazine, co-host of Dive comedy and Stripped Stories), Jiji Lee (The Soundtrack Series), Steven Berkowitz (The Moth, Story Collider), and Colin Dempsey (The Liar Show) telling tales about this month’s theme Vacations at the Le Poisson Rouge’s The Gallery (158 Bleecker Street) hosted by Robin Gelfenbien (storyteller and singer/songwriter; VH1, AMC, Sirius Radio, acclaimed one-woman show at FringeNYC) and that includes free ice cream cakes made by Robin herself: Yum’s the Word
[TOP PICK] 7:30 pm ($5): A beloved show that brings dead celebrities back to life at UCB East, with magical comedic chameleon Livia Scott (Conan O’Brien, Law & Order, Dirty Movie) hosting tonight as Marie Antoinette, with ace musician Corn Mo, stand-up Greg Barris, and burlesque talent Laura Anderson: Livia’s Castle of Enchantment
[TOP PICK] 8:00 pm ($5): “For over a year, Patrick Waldo scrawled his moustache tag on countless advertisements around New York City, entertaining commuters and causing thousands of dollars in damage. After a three month investigation, the NYPD put an end to his spree when they arrested Waldo under felony charges of graffiti, criminal mischief, and fucking shit up,” written & starring Patrick Waldo, and directed by Nate Dern & John Flynn: Moustache Man: Confessions of a NYC Graffiti Artist…
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 8:00 pm: At this free New York Comic Con pre-show, stand-up from Victor Varnado, Team Submarine, and Tim Skinner, music from the lovely Camille Harris, comics readings from Michael Kupperman, Bob Walles, and Jon Rosado, comic book giveaways, and more at Scallywag’s (508 9th Avenue) hosted by Justin Tyler, Nat Towsen, and Bob Walles: Comic Book Club & The Moon Present the Official Comic Con Kick-Off Party
8:00 pm-MIdnight ($7 for the entire evening): The Magnet house troupes The Boss, Junior Varsity, Dr. Champagne, and Hello Laser performing improv for two hours, followed at 10:00 pm by The Monoscene (long-form improv as one continuous scene), and then at 11:00 improv competition Inspirado (like UCBT’s Cage Match, but with a game-like challenge component) featuring Eaglefox vs. Legend: The Magnet’s Night Out
[FREE] 8:00 pm: “A stand-up comedy showcase and baking competition—come to eat or come to compete” at The Creek’s upstairs theatre in Queens’ Long Island City hosted by Cody Hess & Jessica Gross: Cookies!
[TOP PICK] 9:00 pm ($5): Tonight’s second Presidential debate—hopefully better than the first, disastrous, one—will be screened and mocked by John Viener, Nick Turner, and “special guests” at Brooklyn’s Trix (145 Bedford Avenue) hosted by Seth Herzog (Jimmy Fallon, 30 Rock, VH1): Sweet: Presidential Debate Mocking
[TOP PICK] [$] [DISCOUNTED] 9:00 pm (FREE TICKETS if you reserve in advance by calling (212) 260-2445 and mention HyReviews.com, but there’s still a 2-drink min. per person): TV & movie star Janeane Garofalo and more performing at the only comedy club in the East Village: Eastville Comedy Club
[TOP PICK] [FREE] 9:00ish pm: Terrific NYC stand-ups (the lineup is typically announced by 3:00 pm; for an update, please click here) performing on this weekly show at the Kabin Bar and Lounge hosted by Chesley Calloway and comedy genius Sean Patton: Comedy as a Second Language
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($5): Kicking off this double-bill at UCB Chelsea is “a two-person sketch comedy show that will transport you to India in the early 1900s to witness the true story of a tigress that killed 436 people before being gunned down by a legendary hunter of man-eating beasts. Through song, dance, and stage magic, Matt Dennie & Josh Sharp will show you that no one is safe from the tiger’s claws. The events in this show are 100% true, even the insane ones:” Maneater: The True Story of the Champawat Tigress…
…and if that wasn’t enough (and it oughta be), you also get something about which I know nothing, but I’ll be seeing it along with Maneater tonight so please stay tuned: The State vs. Josh: The Trial of the Millennials
[TOP PICK] 9:30 pm ($8): Storytelling from Kevin Allison (legendary MTV sketch series The State, HBO, Comedy Central, VH1, host of award-winning storytelling show Risk!), stand-up from Jamie Lee (Conan O’Brien, Last Comic Standing, MTV’s Ridiculousness, VH1), and sketch comedy from Clayton Early & Sara Taylor (Harvard Sailing Team) and Geoff Haggerty & Jeff Solomon (Elephant Larry) at The PIT upstairs theatre hosted by Scott Rogowsky (The Onion): Running Late with Scott Rogowsky
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Magnet improv troupe Upstate staged an upset last week, beating UCBT weekend group What I Did for Love 69-67. Before its champion’s crown can even get warm, though, Upstate faces a titan tonight, the semi-legendary Rogue Elephant. Come experience real estate vs. pachyderm competing for audience laughs and votes at UCB Chelsea for the raucous Cage Match
[TOP PICK] 11:00 pm ($5): Amber Nelson (fearless, innovative rising star; sketch troupe Thunder Gulch, co-host of Late Night Stand and Mustache Party), Bridgid Ryan (host of Don’t You Find Us Charming?, improv troupe Chester), Veronica Osorio (sketch troupe ), and more at a variety & talk show focused on music at UCB East hosted by Kevin DeBacker & Abra Tabak: Late Night Rockin’
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